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Webinar: Assessing a Community – By the Numbers with Census Data – Sep 19 11 AM ET

SEA News - Tue, 2018-08-28 15:23

Guest Speaker: Susana Guerra Privett, Data Dissemination Specialist, Customer Liaison & Marketing Service Office, U.S. Census Bureau

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time: 11 AM ET/ 10 AM CT / 9 AM MT

Description: This workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning.

With hands on training, all on census.gov, attendees will use the American Factfinder (data search tool) and QuickFacts to gain a better understanding of the Census terms and geography levels, learn differences between 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as age, household income, poverty status, disability, transportation and housing. Suggestions for tables and topics are offered.

Speaker Bio: Susana Privett is with the Data Dissemination Program for the U.S. Census Bureau. As the Data Dissemination Specialist for Texas and Oklahoma, Susana gives presentations and conducts workshops about Census Bureau data, various surveys, and internet sites. She works closely with organizations, local governments, businesses, Federal, State agencies, and many more to provide a clear understanding of the Census Bureau and the data they collect. Susana has held a variety of positions in her years with the Bureau of the Census. She started with the Bureau’s Dallas Region during the 2000 Census as an office clerk and later a Regional Tech for the Houston area. After the Decennial Census, she moved to the Dallas Regional office as an office clerk and soon transferred to the American Community Survey and the National Crime Victimization Survey as a lead clerk.  Eventually, she accepted the position of Information Services Specialist Assistant with Partnership and Data Services for the Dallas Region, a position in which she served for five years. Susana decided in 2012 to work with the Denver Region in her current position as Data Dissemination Specialist, which allows her to remain in Texas. Most of Susana’s work history has been in customer service and the travel industry. She has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Eastfield College in Dallas and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Government with a minor in Sociology. Susana enjoys traveling and working on a variety of craft projects. She is from a small central Texas town originally but Dallas is now her home.

For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/professional-development/connections. No registration is required for this class.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to https://nih.webex.com.
  2. Enter the session number: 620 837 865 and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
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    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
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    *Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada toll number)
    Enter access code: 620 837 865 #
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For live captioning, please use http://livewrite-ncc.appspot.com/attend?event=cit001

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

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New NNLM PSR All of Us Project & Outreach Assistant: Jerry Kauppila!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-08-28 13:20

Hi, my name is Jerry Kauppila.

Jerry Kauppila in front of Eagle River Store, with camera around neck, eating ice cream cone.

Ice Cream and Photography!

I am excited to join the All of Us team at the NNLM PSR as the Project and Outreach Assistant, and look forward to working on this research and outreach program.

Born and raised a “Yooper” on the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I headed south and west chasing the sun and a variety of job opportunities. I fell in love with Southern California and all it has to offer with great trails for hiking/running, miles of beaches, amazing food, and diverse culture. I saw the boom and bust of the internet startup age, was blessed with the opportunity to teach computers to elementary students, and filled my memoirs with tales from flower shops across the country–who knew the stories could be so crazy?! More recently I have found a passion for street photography, and expanding my knowledge for creating content for social media and marketing.

If you are interested in finding out more about me, follow my Instagram account or send me an email.

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Head Positioning and Concussions

SCR News - Tue, 2018-08-28 09:07
Football player and doctor

“Concussion.” Via MedlinePlus.gov, August, 2018, Public Domain.

Concussions happen daily in the United States and are a form of traumatic brain injury or TBI.  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there were 2.8 million emergency room visits related to TBI.  With the prevalence of TBIs, it is no surprise that there are multiple research studies focus on this injury.  A new study made a breakthrough by studying woodpeckers!

TBI’s can be mild or severe enough to result in death. Symptoms of a concussion include:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • balance problems/dizziness
  • double or blurry vision
  • sensitivity to light and noise
  • fatigue or drowsiness
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • trouble comprehending and/or concentrating
  • depression
  • irritability, nervousness, or sadness
  • feelings of being “just not right” or in a “fog”

Researchers have been looking for ways to minimize the impact TBIs have on sufferers.  A previous study examined whether how tense the neck muscles were could impact concussion risk.  It was believed that tense neck muscles slightly reduced acceleration.  A new study, however, found  that at higher velocity rates the neck muscles did not play a role.  The study out of Stanford shows that head positioning does affect concussion risk.  Read the entire study to learn more about the specifics of their findings and the role woodpeckers played.

These findings could be vital in TBI prevention.  David Camarillo, associate professor of bioengineering added, “ “Discovering how sensitive the head is to slight changes in positioning has implications on design of helmets and other protective equipment,” Camarillo said. “For example, could the facemask in football be offering a lever arm that adds to the rotation of the head and therefore risk of concussion? Are downhill mountain bike helmets protecting the chin at the cost of the brain?  We hope to use this model we have developed to determine better design geometry of helmets and potentially for input to coaching on how to brace for impact.”

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September is National Preparedness Month

PNR News - Tue, 2018-08-28 03:00

September is National Preparedness Month and provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

National Preparedness Month logo

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadeos. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

Ready.gov has provided weekly themes throughout the month of September including the National Day of Action on September 15. Videos, social media, graphics are all provided to help you and your communities to be better prepared in advance.

Here are this year’s weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Sept 1-8           Make and Practice Your Plan
  • Week 2: Sept 9-15         Learn Life Saving Skills
  • Week 3: Sept 16-22       Check Your Insurance Coverage
  • Week 4: Sept 23-29       Save For an Emergency

In addition, Ready.gov provides information for youth to know that they too can play an important role before and during a disaster and MedlinePlus has you covered for both preparation and recovery.

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Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians

NER News - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:38

Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons, practical activities and a final project. The course runs October 15 – December 14, 2018.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Applications are due September 20, 2018.

Additional details and the online application are available here.

For questions, please contact the NTO: nto@utah.edu

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2018 Comics and Medicine Conference Highlights

NER News - Mon, 2018-08-27 14:36

 

Comics and Medicine Conference 2018 poster.

Held this year in White River Junction, VT at the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) and Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), the 9th Annual Comics in Medicine Conference brought together a mix of creators, medical professionals, librarians and others to discuss how graphic novels are being used by a wide array of professionals and artists to connect and educate patients, families, and the public on health topics.

Many sessions were relevant to what I do at NNLM-NER, but here are my top three conference highlights:

  • Can comics help us share health data with community members? We Are Wyandotte (Kansas City, KS) believes that everyone should have access to data about their communities. And they created a comic without words to communicate information about health disparities to people with different reading levels and across languages.  Visit their site to get your own copy of Redlining Parts 1 & 2 and see how they did it.

 

  • Can telling the story of a traumatic event be therapeutic? The Center for Cartoon Studies partnered with the White River Junction VA to illustrate veterans’ stories.  At the conference, they previewed a second anthology focused on the experiences of female vets and discussed the process of creating the book. To learn more about this project, visit the Cartoonist Veteran page on the CCS site.

 

  • Can comics connect across language and cultural barriers? El viaje más caro/The Most Expensive Journey is an illustrated series of personal stories from migrant dairy framers in Vermont that was designed to start conversations around isolation and mental health. You can read the full comics in English or Spanish here.

 

To try graphic medicine with your book club, community organization or staff, request a graphic medicine book club kit.  Kits contain six copies of the book, a discussion guide and topic-relevant health information from trusted sources such as MedlinePlus, the CDC, NIH and more.  Kits are free, so request one today.

 

If you want to learn more about graphic medicine and you’re in Worcester, MA between September 10 and October 20, 2018, stop by the Lamar Soutter Library (University of Massachusetts-Medical School, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655) to view the National Library of Medicine exhibit, Graphic Medicine: Ill Conceived and Well-Drawn. See the library’s announcement for more details.

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Data Flash: Hospital or academic or data-interested librarian? 2 opportunities for data-related training, free!

PNR News - Mon, 2018-08-27 08:30

Whether you’re in a hospital or academic or research center or other data-related setting, take a look at these two amazing training opportunities—there’s something for everyone!  And they’re free!

1) “Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health

When we did our regional data needs assessment last year, many of you who are hospital librarians said that you wanted to be able to “speak IT”; in other words, to know more about data standards such as UMLS, SNOMED CT, and more.

Well, here’s your chance!  This interactive webinar series consists of five 30-minute Thursday sessions (each at 9 AM Pacific Time).   It “focuses on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support researchers”.  You’ll learn about not only UMLS and SNOMED CT, but also RxNorm, LOINC, Common Data Elements and the Value Set Authority Center.

Want to dazzle your IT team?  Take this class!

2) Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians

If research data management is more your focus, perhaps for those of you in academic or research center settings, this training could be for you.   It can be tough to “pick up” the skills needed to be a support for researchers, and so an intensive guided course with amazing teachers and assigned mentors is a wonderful chance to immerse yourself and kick start your involvement.

“Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians”, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons,  practical activities and a final project. The course runs October 15 – December 14, 2018.  The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.”

Applications are due September 20, 2018.  Note that a letter of commitment from your library is part of the application!

Additional details and the online application are available here, and for questions, please contact the NNLM’s National Teaching Office at  nto@utah.edu .

Of course, we here in the Regional Medical Library are also standing by and always happy to help!

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